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Farewell Qantas 747


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Today, Wednesday 22 July sees the final flight of a Qantas 747. QF747 is departing Sydney YSSY at 2pm (AEST), conducting a fly-over of Sydney Harbour, then onward to the Mojave boneyard. The Qantas 747 is the reason I became a pilot. Though I didn't end up flying her (or even flying fixed wings for that matter - I'm a helicopter pilot) she inspired me, and no doubt many others to marvel at the wonder of flight. So from one very sad and grateful aviator I want to say thank you your Majesty. You will be missed from our skies.

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Two passes over Sydney Harbour and the Bridge then down to Wollongong to pass over the HARS Museum then farewell.

Couple of Fedex Freighters and Qantas 737-800 in a holding pattern while all this happened.

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10 minutes ago, chumley said:

Two passes over Sydney Harbour and the Bridge then down to Wollongong to pass over the HARS Museum then farewell.

Couple of Fedex Freighters and Qantas 737-800 in a holding pattern while all this happened.

farewell.JPG

 

I live in Kiama! I was watching the radar hoping they would extend just that little bit further...... :( If it wasn't for school pickups I would have been there. Oh well. I listened to LiveATC and the controllers gave her a very nice send off on behalf of all Australians. Time to pop the cork and toast her journey. The Queen is dead.... LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!

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Ahhh !! - memories:'(

 

I first flew in this baby - as a Qantas passenger at the end of 1971 - and the difference from the 707

was chalk and cheese. Only Concorde came close to the Queen of the Skies -  for flying comfort - and thrills

Now - I want to get my hands on the one in MS flight Sim - but since I am Keeping P3D - I want

the Just Flight version of the Series 200 for that sim.

 

I have to admit to being favoured in my job - to travel the World on business - and the pleasure of

most of that over 12 years - doing it in the pointy bit -  clocking a million in that aircraft - and as a regular

Qantas Pax - spending some of that time in the jump seat.

 

I enjoyed many hours - reducing the boring hours of flying as a passenger - not only in that 1st class -

but in that wonderful Qantas  "Captain Cook Lounge" up the stairs - regrettably lost when the series 400 was

introduced to usher in a larger Business class area.

 

Only Pan-Am - came close to the quality of that lounge - in that space - only because it was a dining room;)

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